Beagles Will No Longer Be Forced to Ingest or Inhale Pesticides for a Year and Then Be Killed

For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2018

Tokyo — Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ruled this week that it will eliminate the yearlong dog toxicity test requirement for pesticides. In this test, dogs are forced to eat pesticide-laced food or inhale pesticide fumes daily for a year before being killed and dissected.

The move comes on the heels of scientific evidence, which PETA U.S.—with the assistance of the Japan Anti-Vivisection Association—has been supplying to the Japanese government since 2015, demonstrating that the one-year dog poisoning test does not provide data that is used to protect humans.

After discussions with PETA U.S., the European Union, the U.S., and Canada eliminated the same dog test from their pesticide registration requirements, thus sparing thousands of dogs annually.

“Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that data from the one-year poisoning test are not used for setting pesticide exposure limits for humans,” says PETA U.S.’ vice president for regulatory testing, Jessica Sandler. “We are pleased that Japan is joining the U.S., Canada, and the European Union in making the right decision for dogs and for science.”

South Korea is currently in the process of revising its pesticide regulations. PETA U.S. is urging other countries to follow suit and is also working to end all pesticide testing on dogs and all other animals.

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